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Police say Jose Manuel Martinez admiited to killing as many as 40 people during a decades-long career as a drug cartel enforcer. (Getty Images)

Man Confesses To 40 Killings

Accused contract killer says he killed as many as 40 people during a decades-long career as a drug cartel enforcer.

04/09/2014

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Mojave Desert Gunman’s Life Crumbled To Bloody End

Authorities in Kern County say a man went on a shooting spree and led officers on an hour-long chase around the California desert town of Ridgecrest.

10/25/2013

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Lightning-Sparked Wildfire Prompts Evacuation Warnings In Kern County

Authorities in Kern County issued voluntary evacuation warnings for about 400 homes Monday as a lightning-caused wildfire burned through a popular vacation area in the southern Sierra Nevada.

08/19/2013

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1 Inmate Killed During Large Brawl At Prison In Central Valley

One inmate died and two others were seriously injured in a fight Monday that involved about 40 inmates at a state prison in the San Joaquin Valley, corrections officials said.

06/03/2013

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Helicopter Reported Missing In Kern County

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the helicopter was returning to Delano Airport in Kern County when it disappeared around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

01/02/2013

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‘Blue Alert’ Issued For CHP Shooting Suspects

A statewide search is on for the suspects involved in the shooting of a CHP officer in Kern County late Sunday night.

05/07/2012

A wildfire burns in Kern County after lightning strikes sparked a number of different fires Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

Lightning Sparks Central California Wildfires

Wildfires sparked by lightning strikes burned Sunday near homes in areas of central California, causing some residents to flee some mountain communities.

09/11/2011

5,068-Acre California Wildfire Raging Untamed

California firefighters are battling a wildfire that has already burned nearly 8 square miles of grassland on a westward run from a Kern County oil field to a remote area of eastern San Luis Obispo County.

06/20/2011

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Firefighters Mop Up After Fire Near Lake Isabella

Kern County firefighters are in the final mop-up stages of a 150-acre fire that burned in brush around a network of abandoned gold miles near Lake Isabella.

06/07/2011

First Big California Wildfire Threatens Homes In Kern County

Fire officials in California say a wildfire is threatening homes in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County and high winds are pushing it through the brushy high desert area.

05/27/2011

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2,000 Evacuated In Kern County As Storm Continues

A storm pounding California with record rain forced authorities in the San Joaquin Valley to call Monday for the evacuation of some 2,000 residents of the farming community of McFarland due to major flooding.

12/20/2010